My Avon story is a simple one. It doesn’t have a lot of plot twists and turns. It has been an adventure though and I think it’s a good story.
I joined last spring just before Mother’s Day. I had just started homeschooling my son Josh who has a disability and cannot tolerate a public school setting. My other son, Arrow, already stayed at home for school and can’t be left alone for long periods of time due to a panic disorder. I had to think of something that I could do at home, that would be something that was for me as well as my family. My darling husband Jon makes a good living, but I wanted to contribute to the family finances and help us get out of debt.
So I joined Avon. I had heard that it sells itself. Well, that’s true to a point. I get a lot of word-of-mouth traffic as well as orders from people who happen upon my catalog. But after a while, one just wants more. More orders, more challenges, more team members. So I started following successful Avon Representatives that I admired. I discovered powerhouses like Milagros Garcia, Carla Lytle, Molly Stone-Bibb, and several others. They were so inspiring and I got the ball rolling.
Things really started to heat up in my Avon business when I discovered Emily Seagren, a very successful Avon Rep and educator who teaches team members and anyone willing to listen how to sell online. Now this was the way to go, I thought! I’m shy. I take that back, I am pathologically shy. But guess what? So is Emily and she is getting things done, bless her heart! I am not good at approaching strangers and asking for their contact info. Avon has a saying, “The fortune is in the followup,” and I just wasn’t able to follow up if I didn’t get that contact info.
So I am now almost exclusively an online Rep. It has meant the world to me to have this outlet and this business to keep me busy while the kids do their school work. When one of them is having a bad day or needs help, Avon goes on the backburner for a while. If my husband needs my attention or the dishes really, really need to get done, I have the flexibility to set my own hours and to put my business aside to take care of the important stuff (not that I consider a sink of dirty dishes all that important! But the state health department does!).
Now all of this doesn’t mean I get to sit in my warm, cuddly comfort zone. I still market to people at Jon’s office, I attend meetings whenever possible, I train as often as I can, and I participate in events where I can collect that precious info. I put out a lovely basket of goodies and tell anyone who skirts past my table that if they enter their information, they could win the lovely basket. Since I’m just too shy to call them the next day, I send email! I even have it set up so that I don’t have to think about what to say in my emails or when to send them! I have Avon do that for me. It’s a sweet deal.
So where do I go from here? Well, up of course! I’m not where I need to be yet. I’ve only just started recruiting. I have more sales than some rookies, but I want much more. I need to be making a living so we are a two-income household and aren’t slaves to debt anymore. But Avon is a business. It takes time, guts, determination, and a no-quit attitude. It takes heart and it takes courage, even if you’re selling online. But I can handle that. I am courageous and I am strong. I am Avon and I will make my mark. Just watch me soar!